HoopsHype Steve Nash rumors

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Of those out there, Nash could be the first to return. With his 40th birthday eight days away, Nash is targeting Tuesday in Minnesota as a possible return after spending 12 days in British Columbia (while the Lakers were on the road) working with his personal trainer. Nash, who ruled out returning Friday against Charlotte, has not played since Nov. 10 against the Timberwolves because of nerve irritation in his back. “This is the toughest thing I’ve been through in my career,” Nash said. “I came to L.A. with nothing but the highest hopes and expectations, and it’s been nothing but personal disappointment.” Orange County Register

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Janis Carr: Nash also said that he isnt playing Fri vs. Char "I havent practiced in 2 1/2 months" Thinks Tuesday might be a possibility. Twitter @janiscarr

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Nash said the tweak, unrelated to the nerve irritation, is “fine” and he intends to go through Lakers practice Thursday, though he doesn’t expect to play Friday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, the Lakers’ last game before that trip to Minnesota, Cleveland and Philadelphia begins next Tuesday. Given that primary villain Dwight Howard is gone, Nash and Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni have been left to bear the brunt of the blame for how far the team fell short of the epic expectations last season before this dead-end season. Plenty of Lakers fans just hope Nash retires, refunding the Lakers the money they still owe him next season. Even if Nash doesn’t, the Lakers can waive Nash this offseason via the stretch provision in the collective bargaining agreement and lower their salary-cap number that way. Bleacher Report

Nash truly wants to keep playing if his body will allow it, and after months of depressing updates on his health, he finally could say Monday it feels “great” to have hope again. “Just to have a chance maybe to play is awesome,” Nash said. “I’ve put in so much work over the last nine months, really. I’m hoping to get out there.” Bleacher Report

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Good news for the Lakers: coach Mike D’Antoni revealed the possibility Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash could return Jan. 28 against the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center. Bad news for the Lakers: the team still has to go through a seven-game, 12-day trip before that happens. Bryant and Nash then will be evaluated on Jan. 27 with the hopes for them to suit up right away. Los Angeles Daily News

During the Lakers’ trip, Nash plans to work out in Vancouver with his personal trainer Rick Celebrini on the nerve issues in his back that have kept him sidelined since Nov. 10. Bryant plans to travel with the team and rehab his fractured left knee that has kept him out since Dec. 20. The Lakers have only one practice scheduled on Jan, 22, one day before playing Miami. “We’ll see on the road trip if we get some scrimmage,” D’Antoni said. “If not, it might be a couple of days after that.” Los Angeles Daily News

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Even if Nash can sustain his health enough to get back on the court this season, the Lakers will have the option to waive him before 2014-15 via the stretch provision and pay the remaining $9.7 million on his deal over a three-year period with only about $3.2 million counting against the cap annually. "I don't know all the technical possibilities but obviously know that nothing is guaranteed," Nash said when asked about being a stretch provision candidate. "Obviously right now I have a guaranteed contract, but the future is totally in flux and anything is possible in the NBA and frankly with my health. "I haven't proven to myself or anyone else that my body still has what I think it has in the tank. So I walk around feeling optimistic that I can do it, but I'm also reminded daily that I have to prove it." ESPN.com

"At some point, I have to also realize, do the safest thing, the best possible opportunity to play basketball again rather than letting my angst get the better of me and jumping back in there," Nash said after the Lakers' shootaround Friday. "I know I can get healthy. It's a matter of, 'Can I sustain it?' And I'm just trying to get that health under my belt for an amount of time where we feel confident that it can be sustainable is the tricky part, and that's probably going to take a little while longer than I was hoping." ESPN.com

Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash have each played six games this season, making the Lakers' medical-insurance options more interesting than usual. The Lakers are short on victories but might get some money back from the absences of Nash and Bryant. If a player misses 41 games in a season, medical insurance covers 80% of his missed time after that. Bryant and Nash sat out their 27th game Friday. Neither player is expected to return for several weeks, Nash because of recurring back soreness and Bryant because of a fractured left knee. Los Angeles Times

But if Nash missed the rest of the season, the Lakers would get back about $3 million of his $9.3-million salary. Bryant is much more likely to return than Nash, but the Lakers would pocket about $10 million if he missed the rest of the season. The medical rebates would not help the Lakers for salary cap or luxury tax purposes. The Lakers, of course, want Bryant and Nash to return. A team official said it was foolish to think medical money instead of victories at this point. Los Angeles Times

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